at our 2019 PAILA of WCMD Butterfly
You may have heard that the monarch butterfly population
has dropped by 90% over the last 20 years due to the development and widespread
use of herbicides in croplands, pastures, and roadsides. Another contributing
factor is the development of subdivisions, factories, shopping centers,
etc. This development is consuming
habitats for monarchs and other wildlife at a rate of 6,000 acres per day.
To help save monarch butterflies, we will be creating
our own Monarch Waystation at our 2019 Butterfly Release. By creating and
maintaining a Monarch Waystation, we will be contributing to the monarch
conservation effort, an effort that will help assure preservation of the
species and the continuation of the spectacular migration phenomenon.
You can help by donating any of the following milkweed
and nectar plants (List is specific for USDA Hardiness Zones 5-6.
We are in Zone 6.):
Blanket flower Showy goldenrod
Blazing star Signet
Brazilian verbena Stonecrop
Common milkweed Sulphur
Maiden grass Swamp
Mexican sunflower Whorled
New England aster Wild
bergamot Purple coneflower Zinnia
We will begin gathering plants in the spring of 2019.
you are more comfortable, you can make a monetary donation by check
to PAILA of WCMD. Checks can be mailed to:
1307 The Terrace
Hagerstown, MD 21742
“Never doubt that a
small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
~ Margaret Mead ~